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“The life of a warrior cannot possibly be cold and lonely and without feelings, because it is based on his affection, his devotion, his dedication to his beloved… The Earth knows that he loves it, and it bestows on him its care. That’s why his life is filled to the brim and his state, wherever he’ll be, will be plentiful. He roams on the paths of his love… This Earth… Only if one loves this Earth with unbending passion, can one release one’s sadness. A warrior is always joyful, because his love is unalterable and his beloved, the Earth, embraces him and bestows upon him inconceivable gifts. The sadness belongs only to those who hate the very thing that gives shelter to their beings. This lovely Being, which is alive to its last recesses and understands every feeling, soothed me, it cured me of my pains, and finally when I had fully understood my love for it, it taught me freedom. Only the love for this splendorous Being can give freedom to a warrior’s spirit; and freedom is joy, efficiency, and abandon in the face of any odds.”
Tales of Power Carlos Castenada
This is the fourth book in the series and was published in 1974. Carlos Castaneda was a mystic and the content and style of his descriptions of Don Juan’s teachings in no way detract from the value of his ideas. We tend to like those ideas that fall in line with our present beliefs. His stories about Don Juan and the experiences he describes hold great value to me. After all, who decides what truth
I also think it is safe to say that Carlos was not influenced by Lovelock and Margulis. At the time of Castaneda’s 4th book preparation, the Gaia Hypothesis had not been published. Even if it had, Lovelock and Margulis did not describe Gaia as “a living Being” They spoke of the Earth as, I paraphrase, acting as if it was a living organism. I suspect they were not game to venture that far from mainstream science. I do respect their desire to publish within the confines of what would be interpreted as “sound science”.
Keeping the Wild
This book might be a great help in understanding why humans are destroying Nature. The quote below makes a connection that has gone over my head until a few days ago.
“From time immemorial, just as today, the underclass and the powerless have been forcibly limited from accessing resources for their own material advantage. It is thus injustice toward the more-than-human world – stripping it into being-for and value-for people (“resources”) that constitutes the foundation of social injustice and inequality.” Eileen Crist in “Keeping the Wild”
This book might be a great help in understanding why humans are destroying Nature. Is it not rather bizarre and crazy-making that whilst we, as just one species of many, have given ourselves the right to slash and burn, poison and desecrate as we choose whilst energetic and physical essence that we depend on for our very existence has no rights whatsoever?
This was my solstice gift whilst I was in Salobrena Spain. I took the photo about 8:25am
I’ve just posted an update to my start page, What is Earthen Spirituality? Please have a look at the new content at the bottom.
Thought for any day
“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those
who watch them without doing anything.” Albert Einstein
An Interview with Jorie Graham Issue 2 (August 2012)
“People were clearly not meant to live as they
wished to live on the planet, as I could see it. The mismatch
between this species – with its needs and desires – and this
place was evident everywhere … Native Americans, in their
early history, knew how to live on land. But we took care
of that. Oh it made me and makes me half-crazed at times
with grief, then with rage, then with just total bafflement.
Most of my poetry has spent its time trying to figure out what
‘being’ is – human ‘being’ and non-human ‘being’. How do
they go together. Can they. What on earth is human desire. I
knew even then desire was our illness, as well as our stunning
spark. It has turned out to be more our illness. Our terminal
illness. What can I say. That is what I write from and about.”
An Interview with Jorie Graham Issue 2 (August 2012)
“I feel that the en plein air descriptions of Never, a book written to
deeply make myself see, and thereby to bring into others’
vision, the natural world – from its microscopic life to its far
reaches of ‘evolution’ ( a word I still used in that book – a
number of poems are titled by that term) – are still, in spite
of their ‘understanding’ of the eco issues, innocent. I mean by
this that I had not fully downloaded it into my soul – and
also that I had not yet really gone deeply into the science. Sea
Change registers that shock. Place tries to recover a necessary
innocence from which to live and act. A ‘higher innocence’,
to avail myself of Blake’s terms. One that follows ‘experience’.
It is from there that we must act. Or can act. This has nothing
to do with explicability or inexplicability. Nature is not in
the realm of explication. So I do not engage with it on those
terms. I do bring language and mind up against it, into it, I
suffuse us with each other –but that is a matter of awakened
sensation, and its attendant awakened consciousness. From
there too one can, perhaps, act. But surely it is a prerequisite.
Nature cannot become an abstraction. That has been the
whole deficit in our souls which has brought us to this.”
The passage above reminds me of the situation where, to my mind,
we have not developed a language of spirit. Now I don’t mean the
spirituality of sky gods, the spirit of churches. I am trying to bring
to awareness an Earthen Spirituality but am humbled by my inability
to find a satisfying expression. Earthen Spirituality can be explicated,
but not in the accepted ways of knowing or expressing. Almost five
centuries of materialism has dominated the accepted worldview and
imprinted a template of what “is” and what “is not.” Again, I will not
accept that spirit cannot be explicated. As of the moment, it appears
to me that art holds the key. I have said that music is the language of
the soul. the Hsin Hsin Ming says: “Stop thinking and there is nothing
that you will not be able to understand.” One of my limitations is
that I keep thinking about how to stop thinking. I keep thinking about
what it is to not think. So, I am in a cage of my own construction, with
doors and windows yet stuck inside pushing at the door instead of
turning the door knob.
Growing Up, Falling in Love
“We must fall in love with the Earth — the living, sacred planet, this “dynamic system,” in the words of the Bolivian legislation acknowledging its rights, ‘made up of the undivided community of all living beings, who are all interconnected, interdependent and complementary, sharing a common destiny.’”
This is the future — the only future we have.
Examining just why we do not love the Earth is a major theme of my book.
Its been a couple of years since I’ve come across a book I wish I’d written myself, and interestingly this one is by the husband of the last author /editor I raved about (that was + is GreenSpirit Marian Van Eyk McCain) And this is written better than I could do. Sky has a lovely way with words, easy to read. I can imagine a twinkle in his eyes when he speaks of the Earth, and his love radiates out of the pages. For a very long time I have been looking for ways to convey the sense of I am Earth, her food my body, her water my blood, and I share the molecules from the stars with every other creature and plant. This isn’t just a fanciful worldview, it is a most fundamental fact and such understanding is vital for our survival. Sky takes it further: my mind is Earth’s mind, Earth as perceivable manifestation of God. It has been told in a style of someone speaking to me.
In this book is the first time outside of science fiction I have heard us referred to as “Earthlings.” Yes! And he puts into graspable practicality what Peter Russell (among others) has been helping me to understand since my aha! days in the early 1980s. This read is more to me than preaching to the converted: it is speaking for me, taking me further into life and builds my store of how. It is available as hard copy and e-book.
Cynthia Alves February 2012
“In The Global Brain Awakens Peter Russell shows that humanity has reached a crossroads in its evolutionary path. [Our expanding communications] technology, combined with a the rapidly growing human potential movement, is helping to create a collective consciousness that is humanity’s only hope of saving it from itself. However, Russell warns if we continue on our current path of greed and destruction, humanity will serve only as a planetary cancer.” http://www.lifepower.org.uk/